Dr. Stefanie Stiles

Dr. Stefanie Stiles holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Waterloo (2012), a Master of Arts in Political Science from York University (2006), and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Relations from Mount Allison University (2004). In addition to being the coordinator of the Writing Centre, she is also an instructor in the Academic Writing Program. Her dissertation, entitled, “To Hurt the Pain: An Ethical Criticism of Nathanael West,” examines the work of the American late modernist author using approaches inspired by the revitalized ethical criticism movement of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Her research interests include California literature, Modernism, ethical criticism, and rhetoric and composition. In the Writing Centre and in the classroom her teaching is informed by a humanistic understanding of literature as a battleground of conflicting values. She believes that texts explore and dramatize ethical questions, and that the ethically engaged student is a more proactive learner.